Today, I’m happy to write this text to celebrate my 9th favourite actress, the marvelous Teresa Wright. Even if I’ve seen only two of her movies, I simply think she’s incredible, especially in Hitchcock’s Shadow of A Doubt (1943). For what I’ve seen so far of this actress, acting looked so simple for her. She knew how to act like a fish knows how to swim. She was born to be an actress.
Teresa Wright had the honour to be part of three films directed by the great director William Wyler: The Little Foxes (her first movie, where she shared the screen with the famous Bette Davis), Mrs. Miniver and The Best Years of Our Lives. Teresa Wright is the only actress in cinema’s history who was nominated for an Oscar for her first three films: The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver and The Pride of the Yankees. The actress won the Best Supporting Oscar for Mrs. Miniver. Also, before Jennifer Lawrence, she was the youngest actress who was nominated for three of her first movies.
Shadow of a Doubt is really a movie who seduces me, especially because of Teresa Wright’s performance. I can’t imagine another actress playing this role. Here, she can play the happy girl very well, just like the sad girl and the angry girl. She had the capacity of changing her emotions with such a facility. What’s sad, is that she never was in another Hitchcock’s film after this one.
In The Best Years of Our Lives, Teresa Wright plays a sensible and a comprehensive woman, the type of character you can identify with. Her performance in this film was great and she knew perfectly how to share the screen with other big Hollywood stars like Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Frederic Marsh and Virginia Mayo.
The beautiful and talented Teresa Wright left us in 2005, but cinema’s fans will always remember her because she was unforgettable. Happy birthday Teresa! 🙂
It’s quite a challenge to determine what is the best movie of all times. Today, I want to propose you my way to choose it.
The best movie is a perfect movie. Let me explain. It’s perfect in every way: the screenplay, the direction, the actors’ performances, the originality of the story, the cinematography, the music, etc. The perfect movie is not necessarily your favourite movie. It’s not a movie that you will necessarily love, but that you will admire. It’s a movie that has an important impact in cinema’s history, that people remember for good or, sometimes, less good reasons.
Of course, even if I presented you my way to choose the perfect movie, we can have many different opinions on what is the best movie ever. The American Film Institute and some other cinematic institutions chose Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) as the best movie ever. Even if it’s not my favourite movie, I learned very interesting stuff about it and agree that it’s a brilliant movie. In fact, it fits perfectly in my definition of the best movie of all times. If it’s not the best movie of all times, it can surely be in the top ten. Since a few years, there’s actually some competition between Citizen Kane and Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), which both fight for the title. Vertigo is another movie that fits into my definition. In fact, this debate simply proves us that many movies could be considered to be “the best movie of all times”. And, in a way, this will always be kind of a subjective choice, but we have to be as much objective as possible.
On my side, I’ve always thought of Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) as the best movie ever made and it’s the same story with Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950), but these are just examples because many movies could be put at the top of the best movies of all times list.
What do you think? Which movie pop-up automatically in your head when you think of “the best movie of all times”?
Today, I’m happy to celebrate the 97th birthday of the incredibly talented actress Joan Fontaine
As I am a big Hitchcock’s fan, it’s the movies Rebecca (1940) and Suspicion (1941) that made me discover this star. Joan Fontaine is the only actress who ever won an Oscar for a Hitchcock’s film. That was for her clever performance in Suspicion. She was also nominated for Rebecca and The Constant Nymph (Edmund Goulding, 1943), but didn’t win. I also had the chance to witness her talent in Jane Eyre, September Affair, The Affairs of Susan and The Bigamist. My favourite performance of her is the one in Rebecca. She was perfect as Mrs. De Winter.
Joan Fontaine was really like an angel. I saw some interviews with her and it’s the type of person you want to be friend with. She seemed to be kind and peaceful too. Joan was well known for her love of animals. For her, they were marvelous friends. We also know Joan Fontaine for being Olivia de Havilland’s sister, another great star. Unfortunately, there always was a big rivalry between the two sisters, but let’s not talk about it. I don’t want to talk about sad things on Joan’s birthday.
Joan left us on December 15, 2013. Her memory will always be in our hearts. Wherever she is now, let’s honour her the best we can on this beautiful day.
Happy birthday Joan Fontaine! 🙂